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“Best coffee on the island” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Saltwater Cafe

Saltwater Cafe
Ranked #29 of 100 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$20
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: "Where meals and memories are made..." Saltwater Café is a casual beachside café located on the south side of the island. Guests can relax and enjoy their breakfast, lunch, Lavazza coffee, delicious dessert, icy cold beer or favourite drink while gazing out into the beautiful lagoon.
Paraparaumu Beach, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
“Best coffee on the island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

Great coffee, great views and excellent food. Well worth dropping into the saltwater as you cruise around the island.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Shane G
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WHAKATANE
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Huevos Rancheros is a must”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

This lovely little cafe is a great place for brunch and over the years has seen changes in ownership without the food or service suffering. The latest Australian owners are friendly and continue that hard-working, yet laid-back ethic that has always seen us return to the Saltwater Cafe whenever we visit Rarotonga. Thai and Mexican dishes are the specialty, and it's the huevos rancheros, quesadilla, and enchiladas that our family regularly order too. Good coffee and iced tea, and make sure you take away some of the delicious slices or a piece of cheesecake for dessert.

Visited August 2013
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Thank LINDA W
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Wellington, New Zealand
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fab milkshakes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Great spot for lunch and a tasty milkshake. Fish and chips were delicious and Mel is a perfect host! Very friendly and helpful to all diners. Great work guys!

Visited August 2013
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Thank luana b
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Laid back lunchtimes!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

A beautiful view of the lagoon and great service from some Aussie ex-pats. The octopus curry was worth the visit on its own. This could easily be our regular lunch spot on our next visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John M
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

Such an amazing little cafe. Beautiful setting with lovely meals and great service. Visited this cafe twice, first at a very busy lunch service and the second just after they had closed the kitchen but the staff were still happy to serve us. Highly recommended!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RachelLara
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